Staking the ground: SACSR leads preparation for Likas Tama

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On the eve of its official assumption of office, incoming SAC Student Republic (SACSR) Officers for AY 2015-2016 took on their first community service project by cleaning up the back area of the De Wit Hall and preparing it for the Likas Tama Organic Vegetable Garden and Native Fruit Tree Nursery.


Led by President-elect, Ian Dave A. Acuisa, 27 SACSR officers returned to school on 16 May 2015 two weeks ahead of the registration period for AY 2015-2016 to clean up the idle lot behind De Wit Hall. Volunteers laid out the area and staked the assigned garden spots to be adopted by students for their community service training.  Romy Fabila of the Community Extension and External Relations Office supervised the clean-up and staking after Jose Edison Tondares, Research, Planning and Development Officer briefed the volunteers on the Likas Tama Program of St. Anthony’s College.


A portion of the cleaned up lot was prepped to serve as native fruit tree (NaFTree) nursery in anticipation of the tree planting activities and maintenance of the watershed forests adopted by the school.  A number of mango seedlings from last year’s planting season remain in the makeshift tree nursery.


Mr. Pedro S. Altar III, Community Extension and External Relations Officer and concurrent head of the Likas Tama Program of the school said that urban style gardening will be applied.  Students will be bringing in bags of garden soil to be braced over the staked garden spots.  These bagged soil will be used as plant containers in an otherwise arid and graveled location.  The organic garden will growing local vegetables capable of thriving during the rain season.  Planting will commence in June 2015.


Meanwhile, Tondares said that to support the Likas Tama Organic Vegetable Garden, a Vermiculture-based organic fertilizer production bin is also being prepared adjacent to the garden lot.  The Physical Plant Office has already laid the foundation of the fertilizer bin and is expecting to complete the roofing for the structure very soon.


Volunteers during the activity included Acuisa, Ian Dave A.; Aldemita, Paul Bryan; Alora, Fely Marie I.;  Bacho, Ma. Lejandravic R.;  Cabigunda, Kaye Pauline E.; Campos, Patric Daren S.; Canja, Dan Philip A.;  Cataquian, Ludilyn C.; Chavoso, Venus A.; Daquila, Crizza Mae D.; delos Santos, Allan Roy C.; dela Cruz, Shaira Monalisa; Delfin, Gennivive;  delos Santos, Norie Ann;  Diaz, Riza; Fabila, Romy A.; Garcia, Lan Angelo J.; Hernaez, James Oliver; Lampasa, Roselyn G.;  Magbanua, Cherish; Magno, Mark Anthony;  Marquez, Nathalie V.;  Noble, Jeron C.; Pedrosa, Rochelle Jean;  Pon-an, Aileen Marie; Rico, Jaren; Tabangay, Jenerey;  Tondares, Jose Edison C. Tumangday, Diozel D.; and Yanong, Lady Louise M. <em>(JET)</em>